Color Management Workflow in DaVinci Resolve

    Color Management Workflow in DaVinci Resolve

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We continue our DaVinci Resolve 17 training with a new high-end course in Color Management Workflow. This is an intermediate course for colorists and visual effects artists taught by our instructor Lee Lanier.

In this training series you will learn to work with both display-referred and scene-referred management including ACES, matching camera profiles with color space transforms and DCTLs, how to set up your projects for multiple color space outputs, everything about RED IPP2 and RAW workflow, how to use the Gamut tool, LUTs, CSTs and OpenColorIO in Fusion, and much more. 

The DaVinci Resolve project files and footage are available for download so that you can easily follow along.

About the instructor

Lee Lanier has created visual effects on numerous features films for Walt Disney Studios and PDI/DreamWorks. Lee is a world-renowned expert in the video effects field, and has written several popular high-end software books, and taught at the Gnomon School of Visual Effects in Hollywood.

Who is this course designed for?

  • Colorists
  • Visual effects artists

Lessons overview

  • Lesson 01: Introduction and terminology
  • Lesson 02: Display vs scene referred
  • Lesson 03: Display referred space and LUTS
  • Lesson 04: Mixing Camera footage in display referred
  • Lesson 05: Matching cameras with an OFX plugin
  • Lesson 06: Color management in Fusion
  • Lesson 07: Using RCM Resolve color management
  • Lesson 08: Working with ACES
  • Lesson 09: RCM and ACES inside fusion
  • Lesson 10: Adding color transforms in resolve
  • Lesson 11: Adding LUTS and using opencolorIO
  • Lesson 12: Switching to RCM wide gamut
  • Lesson 13: New color space aware tools and HDR palette
  • Lesson 14: RCM input and and output DRTS

Software required

A free version of DaVinci Resolve or DaVinci Resolve studio

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On 8/7/2021 at 4:45 PM, Lee Lanier said:

Thanks. I'm actually recording a new version of this course, which should be available sometime in the relative near future. There will be additional information on mixing SDR with HDR and tone mapping.

great news! Can't wait for it 🤓💪

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10 hours ago, Stefano Marconcini said:

Great!
What is your workflow if you have 2  or more type of Raw files in timeline?

For ex Braw, R3D and Arri Raw.

One option is to move all the clips into a single camera color space and use that camera color space for the timeline color space.  For example, use  DCTL to transform one camera color space to another. Another option would be to  work in RCM Extra Wide Gamut, which has a larger gamut then any particular camera color space. 

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Would there be any reason the DCTL file doesn't show in the LUT folder after importing and updating the LUT list? Have restarted and also updated to the latest version (17.3) but no luck. DCTL OFX node also shows empty.

Unfortunately not sure what to do with the DCTL code on the github link.

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3 hours ago, Bryan Tang said:

Would there be any reason the DCTL file doesn't show in the LUT folder after importing and updating the LUT list? Have restarted and also updated to the latest version (17.3) but no luck. DCTL OFX node also shows empty.

Unfortunately not sure what to do with the DCTL code on the github link.

As soon as you click the Update LUTs button, the Resolve LUT menus are updated. DCTLs are text files, so you could cut and paste the DCTL text on the GitHub page into a new file using a program such as Windows Notepad. Just make sure the extension is .dctl when you save out.

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Thanks Lee,

Yes I had clicked the Update LUTs button before and it didn't work for the original DCTL in the downloads folder.

But used the DCTL text on the GIThub page as a new DCTL file as you mentioned and it shows/works on the LUT lists now.
Thanks but just thought I'd mention in case the original DCTL in the downloads file might have similar issues for others :)

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10 hours ago, Bryan Tang said:

Thanks Lee,

Yes I had clicked the Update LUTs button before and it didn't work for the original DCTL in the downloads folder.

But used the DCTL text on the GIThub page as a new DCTL file as you mentioned and it shows/works on the LUT lists now.
Thanks but just thought I'd mention in case the original DCTL in the downloads file might have similar issues for others :)

Good to know. Thanks.

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Thank you for this great course.... its super usefull to me 🙂

One thing i noticed is that the 'Log3g10-RWG-to_LogC-AWG' Ctl is missing in 17.4.

Does any one know if this was a intentional choice or just an error?

 

Many thanks, Robert

 

Update: Just found the dctl in the downloaded project folder... Installed and perfect 🙂

Edited by Robert Glotzbach
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